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Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert programme

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

If you can’t see anything below, click here.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Composer

His times: In Beethoven’s late twenties, France overthrew its monarchy and a wave of rebellion spread through Europe. The composer, a devout Republican, was presented with an opportunity not only to change music, but to change the social standing of ‘the artist’. He did both: from the early 1800s, music would never be the same again, and historians increasingly concur that with Beethoven an era of the artist-hero was born that arguably still holds sway today.

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Pre-concert talk: Beyond Beethoven

Mon 13 Apr 2015

Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.  

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Put your thinking caps on and name a concert for us…

Mon 10 Nov 2014

Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.

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Beethoven Symphony No.9 CD

Price: £9.99 Buy Now

Recorded live at the Edinburgh International Festival, with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.

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Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven October 22nd- Audience feedback

Thu 23 Oct 2014

Last night we made our first outing this season at the Royal Festival Hall, flying the flag for the rarely heard composer George Onslow with his first symphony, alongside the overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz, and Beethoven’s great Eroica Symphony.

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven

Tue 21 Oct 2014

Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…

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Really sad music

Mon 20 Oct 2014

This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Something to do this weekend

Thu 2 Oct 2014

It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.

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Introducing…the ‘other’ Beethoven.

Wed 27 Aug 2014

This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.

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The Hall of the Shame

Mon 19 May 2014

OAE

Over the last few weeks absolutely loads of you have been in touch to tell us your most hated classical pieces.  And we weren’t exempt, with one person arguing this ”doesn’t achieve anything. Just more nauseating PR”, I think it’s safe to assume we made his hall of shame. We had a great laugh hearing some of your responses and have put together the definitive list.  So get your ear plugs at the ready, here’s you top ten most hated classical pieces.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Press reviews

Mon 14 Apr 2014

OAE

We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Listen again

Wed 9 Apr 2014

OAE

Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9.  But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing.  So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Audience reactions

Wed 9 Apr 2014

OAE

Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.  Here’s what you had to say about it….

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Schubert Symphony No. 9 – Six truths and one lie

Fri 4 Apr 2014

Schubert Fountain

We’re performing Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 April (also at Basingstoke’s Anvil on 5 April). See if you can spot the one lie amongst the facts on Schubert’s Great Symphony…

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven’s Symphony 7

Mon 31 Mar 2014

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be featured in our upcoming concert on 8 April in Royal Festival Hall (and 5 April at the Anvil in Basingstoke)  Here are a few things you (probably) didn’t know about it…

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats Playlist

Thu 20 Mar 2014

OAE

On 8 April we’ll be joined by Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall for Symphonic Greats, featuring two monumental masterpieces; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s Great Symphony No. 9.

Listen to the Spotify playlist below for a taste of what to expect.

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2014-2015 Season Launch

Fri 24 Jan 2014

OAE

On Thursday 23 January, representatives from the four resident Orchestra’s at Southbank Centre, piled into a conference room along with an incalculable number of journalists to find out what was in store for the 2014-2015 Season.  After a decent amount of coffeee, orange juice and pastries, we all took a seat and listened as Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly hinted at what lay in store.

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Margaret Faultless on Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Tue 26 Nov 2013

OAE

OAE violinist Margaret Faultless tells us one more thing that’s special about tonight’s concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall…

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